Opinion: Township Dems "Appalled" by Shehady's Stance With JCP&L

Committee member David Amlen chides Mayor Shehady for not searching for positive solutions.

Over the last few days, Springfield's mayor has made local headlines by calling JCP&L "blatant liars."  As a township committee member, and representative of Springfield, I am appalled at the lack of professionalism and respect shown in such a statement. Rich Huber and I want to publicly state that we do not condone our fellow committee member's words in this case.

The past week has certainly been trying and stressful for all of Springfield's residents. With most or all of us lacking in heat, electricity, and in some cases, hot water, we believe our local elected officials should be doing their best to find positive solutions. Taking a combative and hostile stance with the company that is clearly working hard to help us get back to normal is the last thing we should be doing.

I believe Mr. Shehady's message was not only hostile to the JCP&L management, but it was also extremely disrespectful to the incredibly dedicated crew members who have been working tirelessly on our behalf and who I and other residents have been meeting and speaking with over the last few days.  We have met crew members who have traveled to our town from places like Illinois, Kansas, California and as far as Nova Scotia.  These workers deserve better than to have their company and their efforts disparaged.

I would think that if our mayor is the skilled politician he claims to be, he would understand that in circumstances like this, one gets more flies with honey than with vinegar.

While many of us share Mr. Shehady's frustration with the avenues of communication between JCP&L representatives and us, Rich Huber and I believe that it is far more effective to work positively with others, especially in the midst of this trying situation. Name-calling is a juvenile and ineffectual method to obtain what you need.

Rich Huber and I want to take the time to thank the people in charge of our office of emergency management, led by Scott Seidel and Wally Schultz, who have led the relief efforts in town and who have accomplished so much during this past week. We owe you a great debt.  I believe all Springfield residents can be very proud of the way we came together as a community and continue to work together to get our town and our lives back to normal.

David Amlen
Springfield Township Committeeman

Phil Iuliano November 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Anonymous, I am an independent. I refuse to align myself with a party because in my opinion, it's nonsense. I support for the person who does the best job or has the potential to perform in doing the best job, in the best interest of the community regardless of the party they belong to. There's nothing wrong with being a career politician providing the person does the right thing for the community. Perhaps it's better to have a career politician on a full-time basis as opposed to a politician who does it on the side. Had Amlen not send out the letter, there would be no responses from people. He was the aggressor and went on the attack against Ziad during the worst storm NJ ever had. I question his integrity of his timing. Day before the election? I'm sure he found time to assist his party in campaigning just like he found time to write the letter though. Amlen was told not to get involved? Sorry, not buying it. He should have been out there on the streets with the other guys. In terms of Huber, I would not be surprised if he had nothing to do with the letter that Amlen presented. I bet he did not even know about it until it was written and published. Not the first time this has happened to him. Finally, it's clear you are not a Ziad fan. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. However your hatred to towards him is rather pathetic to the point that you simply cannot even acknowledge that the man was out there since the storm busting his hump every day.
Phil Iuliano November 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Cannot comment on how he hurt you and your family. It's a personal issue and none of my business. To reiterate, if those are your opinions of the man, that is fine. I do know that there are always 2 sides to every story, sometimes 3. To me, actions speak louder than words. I have seen the actions and the lack of actions by our elected officers in our time of need. I support those that demonstrate actions when needed. When you speak with Amlen, ask him why Huber was not informed of the letter being published yet his name was attached. Gut feeling, this happened. Thanks for the communication exchange. I wish you and your family well.
Debra Marshall November 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Thanks, SeekingLogic. We have arranged for the disabled neighbors to get to the shelter. Appreciate the info.
Louis Herkalo November 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Don't even bring Obama blamegame into what was going on in little 'ole Springfield NJ! Thank your lucky stars you were not living in Seaside, Ortley Beach, etc. Then you can do some real crying! As for the economy, don't blame Obama. You need to blame the original source it came from; Bush/Cheney! If you think for 1 min. if Romney was voted in that he was going to do everything he said he was going to do or promised & turned the economy around, your living in a fantasyland! 4 yrs. is not enough for ANY president to turn a country around. Compare the stock market today from 8 yrs. ago. Obama never lied to the American people nor got over 5000 soldiers killed & 1000's maimed or injured. Cheney knew that Iraq would have to be re-built. All he saw was $ signs so he could bring in Haliburton to rebuild. While the US troops lived in squalor, the Haliburton workers lived in nice hosing w/AC, good food, etc.. Where were the Bush's during Romney's campaign? The GOP was distancing themselves from them because they felt they would hurt him. Didn't need him. Stuck his foot in his mouth so many times, he blew it!!!
Louis Herkalo November 25, 2012 at 05:37 PM
You better do your homework on that one. See how the "SuperMayor" runs meetings, belittles, is rude, or just ignores the public if he doesn't like your qustion or comment. Has had legal troubles while on the TC & he thinks he's better then everyone, even the judical system. That's why his 2nd arrest while a committeemen was a failure to appear. Not because he forgot to show up for court, because he decided he wasn't going to go because he's Ziad Shehady! Becareful, he's a wolf in sheeps clothing!


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